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8:15 PM ET, May 13, 2011

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Navneet Singh / Google News Blog:
Introducing “News near you” on Google News for mobile  —  Google News for mobile lets you keep up with the latest news, wherever you are.  Today we're excited to announce a new feature in the U.S. English edition called “News near you” that surfaces news relevant to the city you're in and surrounding areas.
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Google Adds News Near You — Newspapers Still Nowhere
Discussion: App Advice and ReadWriteWeb
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Rumor: Amazon has an “entire family” of Android devices coming this holiday  —  Amazon's Android tablet is both the best and worst kept secret in the mobile industry.  Everyone knows that Amazon is working on an Android device, but few know any of the specific details about its hardware or software.
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Apple: Analyst Says No LTE in iPhone 5; To Add Sprint, T-Mobile  —  Apple's iPhone 5 launch in September isn't likely to include LTE functionality, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek asserts in a research note.  —  “According to our industry checks, the device should be called iPhone 4S …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Dropbox Lied to Users About Data Security, Complaint to FTC Alleges  —  Dropbox, the wildly popular online storage system, deceived users about the security and encryption of its services, putting it at a competitive advantage, according to an FTC complaint filed Thursday by a prominent security researcher.
Discussion: ZDNet, Gizmodo, Electronista and @csoghoian
Tricia Duryee / eMoney:
Kim Kardashian's ShoeDazzle Walks Away With $40 Million from Andreessen Horowitz  —  ShoeDazzle, a two-year-old company building a subscription-based e-commerce business, has raised $40 million in capital.  —  The round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, which contributed $30 million.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Digits and SAI
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
This 26-Year-Old Just Sold His Company For $104 Million  —  Hey parents: you may be annoyed that your kid whips out his Nintendo 3DS at every opportunity, but you never know if that obsession with gaming is going to turn into a million-dollar payday.  —  That's exactly what happened with Jason Citron …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eddie Kessler / Blogger Buzz:
Blogger is back  —  What a frustrating day.  We're very sorry that you've been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours.  We're nearly back to normal — you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored.
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Small iOS Developers Targeted over In-App Purchase Patents  —  James Thomson of TLA Systems was looking forward to the approval of PCalc 2.4 in the App Store when he received a FedEx package containing a 100-page patent infringement claim against PCalc Lite for using in-app purchasing.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Lodsys Threatens to Sue App Store Developers Over In-App Purchases and Upgrade Links
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
Indie iOS Devs Under Legal Fire For Offering In-App Purchases [Breaking]
Nathan Brown / Edge Online:
PSN Outage Begins To Hit Retail  —  Gamer patience begins to wear thin as retailers report increased trade-ins of PS3 consoles for Xbox 360s.  —  The ongoing PlayStation Network outage is beginning to have an effect on the high street, Edge can reveal.  —  Our sources indicate a growing trend …
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James Brightman / IndustryGamers:
PlayStation Network: Here's The Official Letter Sony Sent to Publishing Partners [Exclusive]
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Senate bill amounts to death penalty for Web sites  —  A new bill backed by movie studios and other large copyright holders takes a novel approach to curbing access to piratical Web sites: an Internet death penalty.  —  That's the best way to describe the approach adopted …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Senators Who Say Merely Linking To Certain Sites Should Be A Felony
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Chris Rawson / TUAW:
Samsung announces 2560 x 1600 display, could pave the way for iPad 3  —  Samsung will demonstrate an all-new 10.1-inch display at the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium next week.  Samsung's new display will have a 2560 x 1600 resolution, far in excess of anything on the tablet market today.
John Cook / GeekWire:
A Twitter crime thriller, and why laptop tracking could save you some heartache  —  I got hooked tonight on an amazing Twitter drama, watching in real time as Sean Power live Tweeted about his attempts to recover his stolen laptop from a guy in a bar in New York City.
Dan Lyons / The Daily Beast:
The PR Hacks Behind Facebook's Google Smear  —  THE DAILY BEAST ON:  —  The two PR hacks whao ran Facebook's covert anti-Google smear campaign were new to the company, and will not be fired.  Dan Lyons on how their clumsy work exposed them, and Facebook's smug strategy for escaping the controversy.
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Speaking Up in Class, Silently, Using Social Media  —  Wasn't it just the other day that teachers confiscated cellphones and principals warned about oversharing on MySpace?  —  Now, Erin Olson, an English teacher in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, is among a small but growing cadre of educators trying …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says  —  Math majors, rejoice.  Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data.  —  Data is a vital raw material of the information economy …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Napsterization
Electronista:
Barnes & Noble Nook app optimized for Android tablets  —  As promised, Barnes & Noble on Friday put out a version of Nook for Android (free, Market) optimized for Android tablets.  The new version takes advantage of the larger screen both for reading as well as browsing the book library and store.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple to Advance iPhone with both Text-to-Speech & Speech-to-Text Converters  —  According to a new Apple patent application that was published this morning by the US Patent and Trademark Office, future iPhone's are likely to provide end users with effective new ways of communicating …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Google Chromebook's auto-update scheme will be hard sell  —  Great for consumers, say experts, but business IT won't want to cede patch control  —  Computerworld - Consumers may love that Google's Chromebooks will automatically deliver security updates, but company administrators will resist it tooth and nail, experts said today.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Kellex / Droid Life:
DROIDX2 Launching May 26th with Dual-core Processor, qHD Screen and Gingerbread  —  The Motorola DROIDX2 was rumored to originally be scheduled to release today, but with the push back of the DROID Charge, we were wondering if it hadn't been pushed back as well.  According to Verizon, that is definitely the case.
 
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Dakota Torres / Unwired View:
Droid Charge officially available at Verizon tomorrow
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OpenFeint Expands Free-To-Play Mobile Gaming Platform OFX To Android
Discussion: VentureBeat
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Court says Rambus wrongly destroyed documents
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Electronista
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
White House Wants Mandatory Three-Year Sentence for Critical-Infrastructure Hackers
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
AOL offers video chat with no log-in, download
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